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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chocolate Sensation

Are you a chocoholic...just can't seem to make it through the day without the aroma, flavor, satisfaction of some type of chocolate sensation? Whether you crave it or slightly indulge, chocolate has a way of ... putting it simply ... just making you feel good! It puts a smile on your face, eases your mind and lifts your spirits as life pauses to take in all of its emotions. 

December 5 is...


Sacher Torte Day



Torte? Ever heard of it? Let's begin with a series of questions. Do you like cake? If you do, you need to know the difference between cake and a torte. A torte is considered a cake but not in the same sense as you might understand cake made with flour. The prior link goes into detail but in short, the torte is a much denser cake since most cakes use cake flour while tortes will often call for the addition of ground nut meal or breadcrumbs. Be sure to have a lot of whipped cream on hand since this cake's density tends to make it a bit dry. For today's celebration, let's take a trip to Vienna where it all started in the 19th century.

A bit of "Sacher Torte" History: A Piece of Vienn
The Original Sacher-Torte has been the most famous cake in the world since 1832 and the original recipe remains a well-kept secret of our hotel. Only the Original Sacher-Torte is produced according to this original recipe. The basis of the entire confection is a chocolate cake, thinly coated by hand with best-quality apricot jam. The chocolate icing on top of it is the crowning glory. It tastes best with a portion of unsweetened whipped cream. Source: A Piece of Vienna
More on the Sacher Torte: Vienna Takes the Cake

Since more than likely everyone will not be making a trip to Vienna today what about some recipes of somewhat duplication?

4-Star Sacher Torte (Recipe)

Sachertorte from Epicurious (Recipe)

Of course, as with any recipe, you will always find variations...

 Sachertorte (German chocolate cake) (Recipe)

And, if you are not a baker, there is always the nearby bakery or shop online...

Bennison's Bakery, Evanston, Illinois








Is your mouth watering yet?